The Punjab Agricultural University campus wore a colourful look with the arrival of 31 teams from different states and union territories on Saturday for the National Youth Festival to be held from January 12 to 16.
Ludhiana markets, known for its hosiery and woollen garments, were thronged by students from different states. The state youth affairs department also beefed up security ahead of the event.
Four cops, two each with boys and girls teams from every state, will accompany students to markets and other tourist places. Women constables were with the girls teams while men constables accompanied boys teams to the markets.
Talking to Newsline, Davinder Singh Lote, assistant director youth services said, “The step has been taken to ensure students do not get confused with the routes in city as they are new to the city. Also to avoid any mishap and ensure students’ safety.”
Meanwhile, students were seen buying woolens, blankets and other hosiery items from city markets such as Ghumar Mandi and shopping malls in the city. A participant from Mizoram told Newsline, “We read in newspapers that Ludhiana is famous for such stuff and its my first visit to the city. I bought sweaters and caps for my family at affordable rates.”
Another student from team Daman and Diu said, “Ludhiana is quite a bustling city. It is very peaceful back home but we liked all the activities in the city. We also got blankets at low prices compared to what we get in Daman and Diu.”